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French President Macron vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against Islamist terror

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed an “unrelenting fight” against Islamist extremists yesterday as he paid tribute to the four Paris police staff stabbed to death last week by a radicalised colleague. Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert in the police intelligence-gathering department, used a kitchen knife and an oyster shucker to kill three male and one female colleague in a 30-minute rampage that ended when an officer shot him in the head. The attack in the police’s inner sanctum caused shock in France, where the government is being pressed to answer how Harpon’s radicalisation went unnoticed, despite him having high-level security clearance. Thursday’s attack brought to 255 the number of people killed in attacks blamed on, or claimed by Islamist radicals since 2015.

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